Tough end of debut season for Flashman Finneran at Brands Ginetta Junior

After the high of Silverstone, young autistic racer Flashman Finneran endured a trying end to his debut season of car racing as the KICK Start Energy Ginetta Junior Championship headed to Brands Hatch for the final two races of the year.The young Newmarket racer headed to Kent keen to build on the breakthrough top ten finish he secured in the penultimate weekend of the campaign, with the season finale being his first experience of the challenging GP layout.Despite only limited running in official testing, Flashman qualified 16th on the grid in damp conditions for race one and then made up three spots on the opening lap to sit 13th, having avoided some of the drama that was hitting his rivals.Flashman then moved up to twelfth when Sennan Proctor went off ahead at Paddock Hill Bend, with the race then coming to an end behind the Safety Car as Proctor’s car was removed from the gravel.Eager to improve in race two as he targeted a second top ten finish of the year, Flashman was unfortunate to tag one of his rivals on the opening lap, which dislodged the bonnet on his car and forced him to pit.Although his Tollbar Racing team was able to remove the bonnet and get him back out on track, Flashman dropped off the lead lap and had to settle for 18th place at the chequered flag.“It was a hard weekend,” he said. “I didn’t get a lot of laps in testing before the weekend and qualifying was difficult because it was damp and the track was quite slippy. In race one, I got a good start and stayed out of trouble but with the Safety Car, there wasn’t many laps of racing to try and get higher.“In race two I got a good start but then I outbraked myself and hit a car in front which made the bonnet loose and I had to pit. I wanted to get back out and carry on but I was a lap down and the car wasn’t as quick. It would have been nice to get another top ten.”Flashman will now turn his focus towards the Ginetta Junior Winter Series, which will be contested across four races at Snetterton on the weekend of 8/9 November as he continues with his plans for 2015.


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